Weight Management

Who to Partner with to Manage Weight and Achieve Better Health?

By Dr. Kushner / August 24, 2023 /

With all the exciting new treatments available to help those who struggle with weight, you may be wondering who you should turn to for help? Though your primary care professional (PCP) may not be an expert in weight management, they are likely to be an expert in knowing about you and your medical history. This…

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Build on Weight Loss Motives to Boost Success

By Dr. Kushner / August 13, 2023 /

So much focus surrounding weight management is on the ‘WHAT’ to do and ‘HOW’ to do it to lose weight and keep it off. However, it can be helpful to step back and review the ‘WHY’ managing weight is important to you at this point in your life. Although the ‘WHY’ for losing weight can…

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Make Your Weight Management Practice a Judgement-Free Zone

By Dr. Kushner / July 4, 2023 /

One of the greatest barriers to accessing care for people with overweight or obesity are patients’ feelings of being judged by others because of excess weight. As I educate health care professionals about caring for patients with the disease of obesity, I address this by making sure that clinicians are firstly aware of their own…

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Bridge the Gap between Body Positivity and Weight Management

By Dr. Kushner / May 5, 2023 /

With 5 hours of presentations, the Your Weight Matters 2023 Virtual Convention reached more than 1500 people around the world. I’d like to share some highlights from one of the talks given by clinical health psychologist Robyn Pashby on the topic of body positivity and weight management and how to find the middle ground between…

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Boosting Your Energy Level can Make Weight Management Easier – Here’s How

By Dr. Kushner / April 16, 2023 /

Many people know that to manage weight better, you also need to manage your time so you can take better care of yourself; this may involve making time to stay active, eat regular, nutritious meals, get enough hours of restful sleep and practice de-stressing activities. But this isn’t always easy to do when low energy…

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Be the CEO of Your Weight and Health

By Dr. Kushner / March 14, 2023 /

A common refrain I hear from patients is, “Dr. Kushner, I know what to do to lose weight, I am a smart person. I just can’t seem to do it and stick with it!” I typically respond to them by making an analogy to coaching. Elite athletes, musicians and dancers know what to do, but…

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A Trusted Obesity Care Resource

By Dr. Kushner / March 9, 2023 /

If you struggle with overweight or obesity, you’re probably aware of the mixed messages in the media that surround the disease of obesity as well as its treatments. As exciting new obesity care treatments become available, the science of obesity care continues to be questioned. That’s why I was so pleased last month during Obesity…

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Zoom Out to See the Big Picture in Weight Management  

By Dr. Kushner / February 15, 2023 /

Managing weight in a healthy way requires both zooming in to focus on the details of living a healthier lifestyle and zooming out to better understand the bigger picture. Too often individuals can get lost in the day-to-day specifics of trying to lose weight and may feel overwhelmed and frustrated by the ongoing immediate challenges.…

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Self-Monitor YOUR WAY to Boost Weight Management Success

By Dr. Kushner / February 7, 2023 /

As I mentor medical students who are learning how to help patients manage their weight, I often ask them what the patient can do at home to help boost their success. Helping patients be more accountable to themselves with self-monitoring is one of the tools I teach medical students to use in counseling as it…

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Why You Need to Know about ‘Diabesity’

By Dr. Kushner / December 14, 2022 /

I recently added a lecture on ‘diabesity’ to the medical student curriculum at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Here’s why. Over 90% of people with diabetes also struggle with their excess weight. ‘Diabesity’ is the term we now use for the dual epidemics of diabetes and obesity that are both rising worldwide and often…

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